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HOW TO BECOME A GRADE 8 REFEREE

NOTE:   GRADE 8 DOES NOT MEAN 8TH GRADE IN SCHOOL.  Referee Grades range from 1 to 9.  A Grade 9 Referee is trained to ref small-sided and recreational games.  A Grade 1 Referee has International credentials for the highest levels of soccer.  Grade 8 is the level for refereeing competitive youth soccer.

 

  1. YOU MUST BE 13 YEARS OLD BY JUNE 30.
  1. GO TO WWW.CTREFEREE.NET AND REGISTER FOR A REFEREE CLINIC FOR THE GRADE 8 ENTRY LEVEL TRAINING PROCESS.  REGISTRATION USUALLY OPENS IN JULY AND CLOSES IN DECEMBER. 
  1. THE ENTRY LEVEL TRAINING PROCESS CONSISTS OF AN ONLINE COURSE AND FIELD TRAINING.  YOU WILL NEED TO READ MODULES ONLINE AND PASS A TEST PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE ACTUAL FIELD TRAINING CLASS.  
  1. THE ONE DAY FIELD TRAINING CLASS WILL BE OFFERED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS (INCLUDING CLINTON) FROM JULY THROUGH DECEMBER.  A FINAL TEST IS ADMINISTERED AT THE END OF THE CLASS. 
  1. YOU MUST RECERTIFY ANNUALLY.
  1. REGISTRATION FOR RECERTIFICATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW. CTREFEREE.NET. THE PROCESS RECENTLY CHANGED SO THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS FOR RECERTIFICATION.
  1. OPTION ONE CONSISTS OF COMPLETING AN ONLINE RECERTIFICATION COURSE AND TEST AS WELL AS AN ONLINE REFRESHER COURSE AND TEST.  REGISTRATION FOR THESE ONLINE COURSES USUALLY OPENS IN AUGUST AND CLOSES IN DECEMBER.
  1. OPTION TWO REQUIRES ATTENDANCE AT A 2-HOUR INSERVICE CLINIC OFFERED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE RECERTIFICATION COURSE AND TEST.  SO IF YOU ATTEND THE 2-HOUR CLINIC, YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE REFRESHER COURSE AND TEST.  THE INSERVICE PORTION IS CONDUCTED FROM JANUARY THROUGH AUGUST.  YOU THEN NEED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE RECERTIFICATION PORTION (NOT REFRESHER PORTION) BETWEEN AUGUST AND DECEMBER.
  1. YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW PATCH IN THE MAIL FOR YOUR REFEREE UNIFORM AROUND JANUARY AFTER RE-CERTIFYING THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
  1. REFEREE JERSEY, WHISTLE, CARDS, AND FLAGS ARE PROVIDED BY THE HK SOCCER CLUB FOR A NOMINAL FEE OF $25.  CONTACT REFEREE ASSIGNOR CINDY WESTERBEKE TO REQUEST EQUIPMENT.

 

Referee earnings are as follows per game:

U10 to U12     $35 Center Referee

                     $25 Assistant Referee

U13 & U14     $40 Center Referee

                     $30 Assistant Referee

U16 to U19     $50 Center Referee

                     $40 Assistant Referee